DirecTV Rolls 11 With HD

DirecTV’s high-definition channel rollout continued apace today, with the nation’s leading satellite service adding 11 more enhanced services to its lineup.

Six of the new adds were national services, three apiece from the NBC Universal and HBO camps, while five were the HD feeds for regional sports networks.

Among the former category, DirecTV today launched Bravo HD, Sci Fi Channel HD and USA Network HD, as well as Cinemax HD East, Cinemax HD West and HBO HD West. The distributor now offers 40 national HD services.

On the RSN front, DirecTV’s collection grew with Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD, NESN HD, SportsNet New York HD and YES HD.

All told, DirecTV officials have indicated that the service will present 70 HD channels by the end of October and as many as 100 by the close of 2007.